A Civic Engagement Campaign for 2020 

From racial injustice to rising unemployment, people are looking for safe and meaningful ways to fight for systemic change in our communities.   Civic engagement is at the heart of what United Way does. For over 130 years, United Way has brought together leaders in communities to solve problems in a non-partisan manner. To meet the challenges of this moment, United Way has launched the United We Count, United We Vote campaign to mobilize local United Ways, partners and caring citizens in helping people be civically engaged and make their voices heard on the issues they care about.
We have worked alongside community partners over the last year and a half to ensure everyone is counted in the 2020 Census. With that prjoect wrapping up, we are setting out sites on another way for community to stay civically engaged: voting. When it comes to being a voter, there are many resources people can access to feel prepared casting their ballot. UWOC has assembled partners to provide feedback and potential solutions to barriers community members face when voting.
Our outreach strategies are focused on providing translated and culturally relevant information on everything from how to vote, where to vote, roles and functions of positions on the ballots, and information regarding candidates to those who need it. Keep an eye on ours and our partners website and social media pages for these types of information.

Voter Information  ways to vote

Election day is November 3rd, 2020! Do you have what you need?


Can I vote?

To Vote in Minnesota, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen

  • Be 18 years or older (If you will be 18 by or before the date of the election, you are able to register to vote)

  • A resident of Minnesota for 20 days

  • Have served all terms of your felony sentence

How do I register?

Check to see if you are already registered to vote here.

  • If you're not registered, you can do so online here. *October 13th is the last day to register online!

  • You can also register in person at: Olmsted County Elections: 2122 Campus Dr. SE Suite 300 Rochester, MN 55904

  • In Minnesota, you also have the option to register on election day, more about that here. 
  • If you need language assistance when registering to vote, call IMAA at 507-289-5960

  • If you are a person with a disability and need assistance registering to vote, contact Dahnya at the Arc MN Southeast Region at 507-513-7621

How do I vote?

  • You can vote by mail by requesting an absentee ballot here.

*Your ballot must be postmarked by November 2nd or turned in in-person at: 2122 Campus Dr. SE, Suite 300, Rochester, MN 55904

  • You can vote early in person at Olmsted County's elections office (address above) or at the Government Center from 8AM-5PM. More info here.

  • You can vote in person on election day by reviewing your polling place here and ensuring you bring all items listed here.

*Safety is a priority if you are voting in person. Review information from the joint elections staff of the City of Rochester and Olmsted County:

Read this message in Spanish.

Read this message in Somali.

Who’s on my Ballot?

  • What do these elected officials do? Take 3 minutes to learn about the President, National and State House and Senate Representatives, City Council, and School Board officials.


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What are my rights?

  • You have the right to be absent from work for the purpose of voting during the morning of the day of that election, without penalty or deducation from salary or wages because of the absence.

  • More on your rights here (Somali & Spanish) and information on how to take time off work to vote here (Somali & Spanish).

How can I get to the polls?

  • Rochester Public Transit offers free rides to and from the polls on election day

  • Lyft offers 50% off one ride up to $10 to any polling location or dropbox on November 3rd. Use the code 2020VOTE in-app. More info on this topic here

Get involved in the movement 

Do you have a plan to vote? Download and share your plan by printing, filling out this poster, and sharing it with friends on social media!








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Thank you for your work

Thank you to the community leaders we are working alongside to ensure all eligible voters have what they need to confidently cast their ballots.

Watch this message from our partners!

Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association

Cambodian Association of Rochester

Alliance of Chicanos, Hispano, Latino Americans (ACHLA)

Damascus Way

The Arc Minnesota

The Ethiopian Community Group

and other community leaders from the Somali community, local college students, and other unafilliated community members.